February 21, 2009

Antidote to Irrationality: The Southern Skeptical Society

New Orleans, December 2004Image by K.Caylor via Flickr

The Southeastern U.S. is a hotbed of Christian extremism, and many Southern states have shown little interest in adequately funding education. What are those of us in the region to do if we are interested in overcoming irrationality, promoting science education, and strengthening the wall of separation between church and state? In short, we need to organize, cat herding metaphor be damned.

I am happy to report that efforts are underway to create the Southern Skeptical Society, a group from Southeast Mississippi to Orlando, Florida, interested in supporting science and reason in the Southern U.S. The group is now in its infancy, but the organizer is trying to spread the word and stimulate interest. Plans include acquiring a web domain name and obtaining non-profit status. In the meantime, those on facebook can find them at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=51753147667.